Eagle River, Soldotna teachers win national awards

Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A teacher from Eagle River and another from Soldotna have been honored with national awards worth $25,000.

Rhonda Gardner, a reading and language arts teacher at Chugiak High School, and Bruce Rife, a science teacher at Soldotna High School, won 2001 Milken Family Foundation awards.

Gardner has taught English and language arts for 13 years. She is chairwoman of Chugiak High secondary language curriculum committee and she serves on the assessment team for the national Advanced Placement Literature and Composition exam.

She's has been a frequent choice of students to speak at graduation, senior reception and National Honor Society functions.

Rife, a 15-year teacher, heads the science department at Soldotna High and works to integrate science across the curriculum, according to a Department of Education press release. He has been honored as National Biology Teacher of the Year and as Alaska's Teacher of the Year.

The Milken Family Foundation and the state Department of Education sponsor the awards.

Teachers are recognized for distinguished achievement in developing innovative curricula and instilling students with sound values, as well as expert teaching methods and commitment to professional development.

On the Net:

Milken Family Foundation: www.mff.org

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